Highmoor Class – 25th September

This week in Highmoor Class we had a focus on handwriting. We have been looking at the correct way to form and join letters and the different heights that letters should be.


During ERIC, we have been writing stories. We have also been editing different pieces of text and improving them by correcting the spelling, punctuation and grammar.


During Topic, we moved on to discuss the way that materials change state. We carried out an investigation to observe the way in which ice changes to water. To help us understand the behaviour of the water particles, we added red food colouring to half the ice and green to the other half. We put one of each into a cup and watched them melt. As the ice changed from a solid to a liquid, the food colouring mixed together and the result was a brown liquid!




We moved on to consider the way in which a liquid changes to a gas and identified this process as evaporation. We went outside to look at the puddles in the playground and discussed how and why they had changed throughout the day.

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In P.E. we played football. We started by warming up and practicing some skills to get ourselves moving quickly on our feet. After a 10 minute game, we came back together to discuss ways in which we could improve our play. We aimed to improve our teamwork, to look up and to pass to each other more. This proved very successful and we scored some great goals!


Highmoor’s week – 3rd July

At the beginning of the week, Highmoor Class spent time putting the finishing touches onto the pieces of music they have been composing over the last few weeks. Now complete, we are starting to perform them to each other.



We also had an art afternoon this week. We were studying ‘The Starry Night’ by Vincent Van Gogh. We discussed the piece and learnt some information about the type of artist he was. We divided a copy of the painting into 6 sections and split into groups to recreate our own version of one of the sections. We were exploring with a selection of materials and paying close attention to the colours. Once each section was complete, we put them together and displayed the recreation in our classroom.

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In numeracy, we have been using coordinate grids to draw 2D shapes. We sat back to back and challenged ourselves to see if we ended up drawing the same shapes just by listening to instructions and plotting coordinates.


We moved on to learn how to create and interpret line graphs. We plotted the information onto the graphs accurately then used the graph to find multiplication facts.

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In computing this week, we created some information pages about different animals.  We sat patiently at our desks with our information pages and waited for someone to search for the information we had. Once they started searching, we held our information up for them to find if it matched their search. We were modelling how the search engines work that we use when we research information on the internet.


Next week, we will be having a costume check on Monday so please bring in your costumes for the play.

Have a lovely weekend



Highmoor’s week – 19th June

This week has been Assessment Week in Highmoor. We’ve had a very busy week with lots of different tests to do, including: maths, mental maths, reading, writing and spelling.

As part of our writing assessment, we received a letter from Mr. Steele. The letter suggested that the school day be altered, so school could begin at 7am and finish just after lunchtime. It would mean that the whole school would have breakfast together, rather than lunch. Our task was to write a letter in response, arguing whether we thought this was a good or a bad idea.


In PE this week, we spent our tennis lesson practising our racquet skills. Working in teams of three, we took it in turns to play mini-matches with the third person keeping score. In cricket, we have been putting our batting and bowling practice to good use, having a whole class game to see which team could make the most runs.

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In Topic, we have moved on from natural disasters to look at fossils; what they are, where they came from and how they are formed. We have also been looking at dinosaurs and the fossils that have been found to prove their existence.

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Once our assessments were finished, we began looking at arithmagons. These were very tricky to solve but we enjoyed the challenge!

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As a reward for all of our hard work, we spent one of our afternoons making special cards!

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Finally this week, we have been continuing to practice our song for the summer production: So You Wanna Be a Boxer? Miss Ballantyne has requested that all children have learnt the words by next Friday, 26th June as they will no longer be shown in future rehearsals. All children have previously had a copy of the lyrics sent home. If you have misplaced them, the lyrics are available on the school website by searching for ‘Bugsy’.

Have a lovely weekend!

Highmoor’s week – 12th June

We began the week looking at measuring in Numeracy. We were learning to identify the different units that weight, capacity and length are measured in as well as the different equipment used to measure them. We had a look at some weighing scales and familiarised ourselves with reading the scale before measuring some objects from around our classroom.

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We moved on to think about capacity and learned to measure the amount of water in different containers by reading from a range of scales.


In Literacy, we spent some time refreshing our memories on some of the grammar features we have learnt this year. We began by writing a mixture of simple, compound and complex sentences and discussing the impact of each on our writing.


After that, we discussed the benefit of using adjectives and adverbs to add detail and description to our sentences and generated some examples to use in the future.


From here, we were able to use a picture as a stimulus and produce some creative stories containing the grammar features we had focussed on earlier in the week.


On Wednesday, we went with year 5 and 6 to Chiltern Edge School to take part in the Quad Kids athletics event. We split into groups and worked our way around a selection of athletics activities competing for our school. We performed fantastically and really enjoyed the day.

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Highmoor’s week – 5th June

Highmoor started the week off on a musical note with a round of ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ on Monday. We went one step further of course and sang it in French!


On Tuesday, we had another successful tennis session. We warmed up by playing some high speed games before moving on to practice our volleys.


On Wednesday and Thursday, we had a special visit from Mr Steele’s mum, who came to help us practice some of the songs for our production Bugsy Malone.


In Topic this week, we have been preparing news reports on the Nepal earthquakes. Using the information we gathered before half term, we compiled reports on the natural disasters in groups of 6. Once our individual parts were written in neat, we went outside to practice reading aloud.

We read to ourselves:


We read to each other:


And we even read to the trees!


After perfecting our words and our ‘serious news reporter faces’ we were ready to ‘go live’.

Here are some pictures of us reporting:

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Highmoor’s week – 22nd May

What an action packed week Highmoor have had to end this half term.

On Monday morning, years 1-6 went out into Henley on a mystery trip; the unveiling of the summer production at the Regal Picturehouse. We found out that this years production will be Bugsy Malone!


In Numeracy this week, we have been recapping our work on reflective symmetry, lines of symmetry and the number of degrees in a turn.


In Literacy, we completed our information booklets on the Shang Dynasty ensuring we had included all the features of a non – chronological text. We moved on to writing a recount of what we got up to at the Natural History Museum last week, including all of the exciting things we saw and what we learnt.

We moved on from ‘what is the internet’ to looking at hyper-links in Computing; why we use them, what they do and how we can identify them. We were able to work in pairs to discuss all of our favourite websites  and what hyper-links they have.

In Recorders this week, we have been learning about the composition of music. We have started putting together our own pieces to present to the class.

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We have had another successful week of Tennis and Cricket lessons, with a particular focus on developing our throwing and batting skills.

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Our Topic unit ‘What Makes the Earth Angry?’ has come to life in the news recently and we have been following the aftermath of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes around the world. We spent some time looking closely at the recent earthquakes in Nepal. We watched many news reports and read online accounts to gather facts about the cause and also effects of these natural disasters. Using the information we collected, we began to put together a news report of our own. We will be completing these and videoing the final versions when we get back to school after half term.

The fascination with natural disasters is spreading at Peppard and Foundation Class have also become very interested in volcanoes! They came on a special visit to our classroom where we presented all of our research and shared what we’ve learnt.

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Highmoor were lucky enough to be involved in Smile Week this week and were invited to the local dental surgery in Sonning Common. We each got into groups and took part in a variety of activities including: identifying the different teeth we have in our mouths, how to fill a cavity, investigating how much sugar is in different foods and finally how to clean our teeth properly using our brand new toothbrushes that we were given!

Matilda and Olivia are busy labelling a tooth.


Octavia, Amber-Lily and Dylan were shown how to properly clean their teeth. Dylan and Octavia even tested out the disclosing tablets!

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Lois and Ciara guessed how much sugar they thought was in a packet of Skittles, the result was a staggering 8 teaspoons!


At the end of our visit, we were presented with goody bags and balloons!


Have a lovely half-term break and come back to school ready for an action packed final term!

Highmoor’s week – 8th May

After a lovely long weekend off, Highmoor have been working hard this week. In Numeracy, we have been revising the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We counted the faces, vertices and corners of each 3D shape before sorting them into a Venn Diagram.

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Towards the end of the week, we were practising solving word problems in preparation for our maths assessments next term; adjusting to the unfamiliar wording of questions and how we would tackle trying to solve them.

In Literacy, we have been continuing our research of the Shang Dynasty of  Ancient China. Using the information gathered, we selected main headings. We then compiled research into paragraphs with sub headings to produce pages for an information book. Next week, we will be adding features of non chronological writing such as a glossary and an index.

In Computing, we’ve been continuing our unit entitled, ‘What is the Internet?’ We recognised that the internet is not a physical object but instead a representation of computers connected together over a network; they are inter-networked. We learnt that computers send messages to each other using a computer-router-server-router-computer system and use IP addresses to identify individual computers.

To help us visualise it all, we went out into the playground to act out a computer network and send messages to each other. The children acted as computers, routers and wires.

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Above, Archie is acting as the school router with Dylan, Louie, Eden, Felicity and Georgia representing the computers that are connected to him.

In Topic, we have moved on to learn about earthquakes; what they are, what causes them and how they are measured. We looked at the three ways in which the Earth’s tectonic plates move and the names of these plate boundaries. We used our pens to help us visualise this and acted out a transform plate boundary where earthquakes are most common.

We studied the scales used to measure earthquakes and the difference between the Richter Scale and the Mercalli Scale. We put the statements in order to form the two scales side by side.

We also learnt about emergency action plans and how to follow them to stay safe in earthquakes.


Highmoor were very fortunate to have a special visitor in class this week, Dylan’s grandma, Mrs Hobbs, an art teacher. Mrs Hobbs taught us about different shading techniques and how we can use different resources to create different textures in our work.

Linking it to our geography work, we created scenes of natural disasters. Below, Matilda and Octavia are demonstrating how to create different tones using a pencil. Jake, Archie and Kits were experimenting with oil pastels and pencil crayon to create their own pictures of a volcano.



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We also took it in turns whilst working in small groups to create a class collage of a volcano erupting and an earthquake causing a subsequent tsunami.






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By the end of the lesson we’d learnt that, art isn’t just drawing and colouring but it’s much more than that and that pretty much any materials that you find can be used to create art.

In PE this week, we have been further improving our cricket skills by practising our throwing (Joe and Matilda below) and teamwork skills whilst playing a game of diamond cricket (bottom image). Tennis this week was cancelled due to heavy rain.


Have a lovely weekend and don’t forget to be in school before 8.45am on Monday for our trip to the National History Museum! Please remember: a packed lunch, a bottle of water, a snack, a pen or pencil and some coloured pencils.

Highmoor’s week – 24th April 2015

This week, Highmoor have been working really hard in Numeracy, learning to identify the place value of decimal numbers. We moved on to compare and order decimal numbers (like Archie and William are doing below) and to add tenths in order to get to the next whole number.

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In Literacy, we have been further developing our comprehension skills by continuing our work on The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China.

In SPaG this week, we have been investigating there, their and they’re. We learnt that there is used for place and position, they’re is a contraction for they are and finally, how their is used when referring to something, which belongs to someone. Hopefully we will now be able to use them correctly in our work!


In Topic, we have been continuing our unit entitled, What makes the Earth angry? We have been looking at the impact volcanoes have on the lives of people who live nearby and why they might have chosen to settle there. We produced posters offering the advantages and disadvantages of living near to a volcano. Our lesson was made even more topical, by the eruption of the Culbuco volcano in Chile this week!

Below is Matilda and Francesca’s (left) and Luz’s (right) poster.

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Also in Topic, we presented our homework from last week to the rest of the class. We had been asked to research a volcano of our choice and to create a poster, including: the name, the location and any facts that we could find telling us about the volcano. Some children also decided to make a model.


This term we have started Computing with the first unit being ‘Computer Networking’. We have been looking at the big question, What is the internet? and all of the different things that can be done online.

In Recorders this week, we were taught a clapping game by Mr. Marples to help us understand one, two, three and four beat notes.


In PE this week, we had our first Tennis session at Peppard Tennis Club in the lovely sunshine. We were able to practice our throwing and hitting the ball with a racket.

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In Cricket, we were working in teams to practice our batting skills.


What a very busy and varied week it has been. Have a lovely weekend!

Highmoor’s week – 17th April 2015

Highmoor have made a very good start to the new term and what lovely weather we’ve had too!

In Numeracy, we have been working with money. At the beginning of the week, we were looking at all the different coins and notes that we use in England and experimented with the different combinations of coins to make a given sum of money.


We moved on to role-play. Working in pairs, we took it in turns to play a shopkeeper selling different foods and toys to the customer. We had to use addition skills to calculate the total value of the items we wanted to buy, followed by subtraction skills to calculate the change required.

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In SPaG this week, we have been learning to use apostrophes. We learned where to position an apostrophe to show singular and plural possession.


In Topic, we have started a new unit – ‘What makes the earth angry?’ We have been looking at volcanoes; what they are, how they are created and why they erupt.


Here is the diagram Lois drew to explain how volcanoes are created at destructive plate boundaries.


In PE on Wednesday, we decided to make the most of the beautiful weather and went out onto the common for a game of rounders. Not before practicing our throwing skills first of course!


Tennis will begin at the Peppard Tennis Club next Wednesday afternoon and we will be playing cricket at the Peppard Cricket Club every Friday afternoon.

Highmoor’s week – 20th March 2015

On Tuesday this week, we took a trip to the Explorer Dome at Trinity Hall as part of the Henley Youth Festival. The theme for this year was ‘Light’. We learnt all about what light is, where it comes from, how it travels, reflection, shadows, rainbows and how we see.

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In Literacy this week, we’ve been identifying the features of mystery stories and planning to write our own.

In Topic, we’ve been continuing with our work on the Romans; the Roman invasion, finding out who Julius Caesar was, the Roman army, the Roman soldiers and the story of Boudicca’s rebellion. We worked in small groups to act out each of the scenes from the story. It was great fun. Especially the battles (using rulers of course!)

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On Friday, we spent the day at Chiltern Edge School practicing for the Big Recorder Blowout performance with children from Sonning Common and Kidmore End Primary School. We all worked really hard; practicing the speaking parts, learning all of the words to the different songs and the recorder parts too. The evening performances were a big success and went down really well. We were all very tired by the end of the evening. A big thank you to all the parents who came and watched!

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